Plumeria Down Under

September 1, 2014

An email arrived earlier this summer, someone asking about one of my paintings of plumeria.  These are always fun emails to get, of course.  This person was from Australia, making the contact even more exciting, to realize someone halfway around the world found my work and so enjoyed it they wanted to buy a piece.  This person did end up buying that painting, and icing on the cake, they commissioned a second painting, based on a small one I posted on this blog a couple of years ago.  The client wanted the commissioned piece to be larger than the original, so I got to adjust the composition, adding a more flowers to it, to make the larger format work well.  

Here’s the finished commission.

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I shipped both paintings together, and they arrived the other day, they have them in their “hot little hand.  They are gorgeous – thank you so much!”  Its so lovely knowing that something I loved making is going being enjoyed so thoroughly by someone else.  Thank you back!

“Plumeria”, ©Jill Rosoff 2012, 6″ x 17 1/2″

“Hi, my name is Jill and I’m an art supplies-aholic.”  Someday, somewhere I’m going to be someplace where I’ll introduce myself like this.

Yes, I love art supply stores.  LOVE them.  Kid in a candy shop love them.  They are a world of possibilities, tools and supplies that look so fun, so interesting that usually my imagination goes on overload after awhile.  These days its a really like a treat to go to a good art supply store, there are good suppliers online and I usually know what I need to get.  It’s wonderfully easy to order and have the supplies arrive at my door, or get specialty items I need directly from companies that specialize in products, say, for painting silk scarves.  But a really good brick-and-mortar art supply store is hard to find anymore.  There used to be three great stores I would go to, and now there’s just one left.  >heavy sigh!<

So the other day  I went to the art supply store, and as I walked inside I was immediately sideswiped by the huge table-full of watercolor brushes on sale for ONE DOLLAR EACH.  I kid you not.  Right there, right as I walked in.  Now, I’ve spent my fair share on lovely sable brushes for watercolor painting.  But these were right there, tempting me.  And it was a one-day !Surprise! sale to boot.  What did I do?  I surrendered, just a little.  Actually I got them for students who needed to fill out their brush selection.  So I felt a certain sense of justification, even care-giving for them, so they could take advantage of a good deal even though they wouldn’t actually be there.

I went primarily to make a list of specific supplies for students signing up for a new watercolor workshop I’ll be giving at Orange Coast College in October in the community education division.  I spent almost 2 hours there, sorting through to recommend the supplies they’d need: watercolor papers, paint colors, brushes, palettes, so I could make  recommendations on the supplies list I made up for the workshop.  When I finished with those, I looked  for whatever new things I could use for painting and printing new designs on silk scarves  for the fall and the holidays.  Dangerously fun.  And coming soon.

About this painting:  I started this piece after returning from my vacation/music workshop in Maui in June.  I have always loved Hawaiian slack key guitar, its soul soothing, and found this workshop where some of my slack key favorites were going to be the teachers.  So off I went, lugging my guitar, my small traveling paint kit, and a camera just in case (!) something caught my eye.  The great little place we stayed had plumeria trees growing right outside the door of the rooms, so we would sit on our little patio in the mornings with our coffee, with the trees framing our view of the ocean.  A visually and aurally delightful few days.  It didn’t suck at all!  

Lovely plumeria

September 7, 2011

“Pink Plumeria”, ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, $75.00

A friend’s home in San Diego is literally surrounded with plumeria trees.  Its astonishing to see all those lush plants, small ones in pots, huge ones in the ground.  In July they were just coming into bloom, and this piece cam out of  that visit.  I have to go back, he says they are in full bloom now!

My next show will go up in San Diego in October.  Get my e-announcements about upcoming shows and events by signing up on my mailing list  at:  http://www.rosoffartworks.com/events.htm


“Poppy Field”, detail, ©Jill Rosoff 2009, full size is 6″ x 17 1/2″, $225.00

I’m just about ready!  I’ve spent this week getting ready for the Balboa Island Art Walk this Sunday, May 16th.  I’ll be showing a lot of new work that you haven’t seen here on my blog, as well as pieces from my Piccolo Paintings series that typically are posted here.

You can find my display on the South Bayfront Promenade between Coral and Apolena Streets, at the same location I’ve been at in years past.  Just look for my apple-green umbrellas!  The Art Walk is goes from 9 am until 5 pm.

For more info on the Art Walk go to:  http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Maps_%26_Parking.html

Midstream on many pieces

August 8, 2009

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Plumeria buds on my deck

I got a brilliant idea over the winter and put one of my plumeria plants on my deck outside the sliding glass door from my dining room.  My living/dining/kitchen is on the 2nd of my 3 storeys, and my plumerias are all on the back patio.   So this year I have been able to watch one of the plants bloom.  It’s been a lovely and happy process, filled with anticipation, especially once the buds showed.  See above.  Painting coming soon!

I have four paintings going right now on my painting table, three  small works in my coffee cups series, and one (so far) of the plumeria, which also has the very lyrical name of frangipani.  It suits my multi-tasking head to do this, to have so many pieces going at one time, but it lets me work continually.  While a layer of color dries on one piece, I work on the next.

And  I’m about to start a larger one of blue hydrangea, recalling my post in June about blue flowers, which I am constantly drawn to.  I love that up close all the petals can be different colors, from pale green to lavender to periwinkle to purple, and when you back up and look at the plant as a whole, its blue.   I have a couple of my hydrangea paintings on my website –click on the orange tulips over there on the right–in the Blossoms and Gardens section.  The hydrangeas are another boon from Trader Joe’s, my treasure trove of goodies and flowers.  And it’s getting to sunflower season!


Hibiscus

October 16, 2008

Orange Hibiscus, ©Jill Rosoff 2006, 4" x 6"

Orange Hibiscus, ©Jill Rosoff 2006, 4″ x 6″, sold

This is a sweet, small study of this lovely, intricate flower that has just five petals and a wonderful stamen. Five broad, floppy, delicate, undulating petals. It’s always a great challenge figuring out how to evoke the intricate folds and keep the delicacy and flimsiness of these petals.  And maybe easier to do in watercolor than oils or acrylics.  I also have a ‘thing’ about orange flowers on a blue background–its sort of a classic combination for me.  I have a larger new painting of two orange hibiscus on a lighter blue background on my website, in the “Blossoms and Gardens” section about half-way down the scroll.  You can link to the website by clicking on the orange tulips image to your right.

The hibiscus is one of those flowers, that evoke someplace other than–Mexico, Hawaii, Guatemala, Bali, tropical havens.  Plumeria, or frangipani, do that too. I have a red double hibiscus tree by my front door, it reaches up 2 stories, and is almost always in bloom.  It was one of those heart-string pullers when I was looking to buy a home.  There it was.

I showed last weekend in La Quinta, and the Art Under the Umbrellas event, sponsored by the La Quinta Arts Foundation in Old Town La Quinta.  What a great day, and what a nice art show!  Its a lovely outing for a Saturday if you’re in the desert or know anyone who is going to be there.  I’ll be showing there again on November 8th, and four more times next year.  For more information go to:  www.lqaf.com.  Come say hello, and see my new work!

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